Re: [xsl] Looping using XSL

Subject: Re: [xsl] Looping using XSL
From: Jeni Tennison <jeni@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2002 11:24:04 +0100
Vasu Chakkera wrote:
> Doesnt <xsl:for-each select="//*[position() &lt;= rating]"> iterate
> through all the child elements of the context node ., in this case
> "mood"..

Actually all the *descendant* elements *in the document* (it's an
absolute path, starting from the root node). The point of the method,
though, is that which nodes it iterates over doesn't actually matter.
But Wendell had a typo which meant this wouldn't work. What he meant
to say was:

<xsl:template match="mood">
  <xsl:variable name="rating" select="rating" />
  <xsl:for-each select="//*[position() &lt;= $rating]">
    <div class="moodbar">
      <img src="layout/global/pics/mood-red.gif" alt="" />


  //*[position() &lt;= $rating]

will pick up a node set of N nodes, where N is equal to the value of
$rating. The identities of these nodes doesn't matter, it's just an
easy way to make the content of the xsl:for-each run N times.

This method is known to some of us as "The Piez Method" and to Wendell
himself as "an ugly hack".



Jeni Tennison

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